Dr. Kraft, a nationally recognized prostate cancer physician-scientist and cancer center administrator, has been named the Sydney E. Salmon endowed chair and Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Associate Vice President for Oncology Programs for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. In addition to his Cancer Center leadership role, Dr. Kraft joins the University as tenured Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology and Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research in the College of Medicine.
Dr. Kraft will assume his new leadership role in September. He replaces Anne E. Cress, PhD, who has served as interim director of the UA Cancer Center since July 2013.
“We are pleased to welcome a physician-scientist of Dr. Kraft’s caliber to lead our NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center,” said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences and interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. “Dr. Kraft’s strengths include developing and implementing clinical trials, recruiting outstanding faculty and successfully shepherding the construction of cancer center facilities – all important needs for UACC.”
Recruited to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2004, Dr. Kraft led the Hollings Cancer Center’s efforts to become a National Cancer Institute- (NCI) designated Cancer Center. Under Dr. Kraft’s leadership, Hollings attained NCI Cancer Center status in 2009, a distinction shared by only 67 other cancer centers in the United States.
An accomplished prostate cancer researcher and developer of novel cancer drugs, Dr. Kraft is the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials aimed at finding new treatments and cures for cancer. His research has continuously been funded since 1990 by the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation. He has more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals.